When it comes down to classic platform titles for the SNES one of the many titles that instantly comes to mind is Super Castlevania IV which was released by Konami back in 1991. Ever since its release Super Castlevania IV has been praised fir various in game features such as level design along with its inclusion of Modd 7 on certain levels within the game. As popular as Super Castlevania IV was for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System there are some who question whether or not this game could have achieved the same level of success in the Sega Genesis
If Super Castlevania IV was ported or released exclusively for the Sega Genesis during the early 90’s it’s questionable on whether or not it would have been as good the SNES version of the game. The Sega Genesis did not have the Mode 7 feature that the SNES had which was a huge part of the appeal that a Super Castlevania IV had. But the again a Genesis port of Super Castlevania IV would most likely resemble that of Castlevania: Bloodlines which came out in 1994. In the long run it was best that Super Castlevania IV was an SNES exclusive since was another factor that contributed to the game selling over 500,000 copies worldwide during the early 90’s.
There were countless titles on the SNES that were considered to be classic land especially within the RPG genre of gaming. When we think about 2D RPG Classics from the 90’s games such as Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy IV-VI and many others comes to mind. However, there are also titles such as the Secret of Evermore which was also developed by Square Enix that were critically acclaimed for its gameplay and visuals on the SNES during the mid 90’s. Despite, how enjoyable the Secret of Evermore was on the SNES there are some who question whether or not this game could have possibly stood out more on the PS1.
After all, the PS1 did start to take of in popularity during the mid 90’s and the SNES was starting to get old to some people during that time period. However, when it came down to the PS1 3D visuals and gameplay were things that people were mainly interested in during the mid 90’s. For those who were still huge fans of 2D JRPG’s between 1995-1996 the SNES consoles is where those types of games shined. But since its seems like Square Enix had developed a seemingly endless list of JRPG’s for the SNES then its very likely that the Secret of Evermore did not become quite as popular as some of the other titles that the company had developed.
To say that Super Mario RPG deserved an HD Remake would be an understatement at this his point. Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars was probably the best Mario game within the role playing genre that the world has ever seen. This game had a creative storyline that did not involve Bowser as the main antagonist and had sprites that resembled something you would see in a N64 game. In fact there are some who argue that Super Mario RPG would have been better off on the Nintendo 64 opposed to the SNES.
But in terms on why we never saw a remake of the classic 16 bit RPG during the 90’s or even the 00’s was obvious. Square Enix and Nintendo simply were not good terms during the time. Even though, things have improved a lot between Nintendo and Square Enix is unlikely that Super Mario RPG will ever be remastered in anyway sometime in the future.
When it comes down to classic 2D JRPG titles from the 90’s one of the many titles that comes to mind is Tactics Orge. This JRPG classic was first released exclusively in Japan on the SNES back in 1995. Shortly after its release for the SNES Tactics Orge was eventually ported for the Sega Saturn in ’96 and the PS1 during 1998. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was a pretty unique JRPG which was developed by Quest Corporation back in the mid 90’s mainly due to the isometric perspective that the game utilized.
It was pretty interesting seeing an isometric game on the SNES when it first came especially since those were rare on that 16 bit console at the time. In fact some could argue that Tactics Orge was one of the many games that inspired Square Enix in terms of gameplay for Final Fantasy Tactics which was originally released in Japan back in the summer of 1997 before coming to America in 1998. Along with the strategy based gameplay the soundtrack for Tactical Orge: Let Us Cling Together stands out most. There are numerous VGM’s such as Avilla Hanya, Fog of Phantom, Air Island, Limitations, Passing Moments and others that are musical masterpieces.
Also, Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together has so many cool aspects including its cutscenes along with the game’s class system for each character. Another interesting feature that Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was the Warren Report which provided players with all the info they needed to know in relation to Valeria. The alignment of each character along with the level system made Tactics Ogre: Ket Us Cling Together even more exciting especially since those things all depends on how one plays the game. Tactics Orge: Let Us Cling Together was so popular as a JRPG that it was eventually re-released for the PSP back in the early 10’s. It would be pretty cool this game was ported for the PlayStation 4 or even the Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future.
When it comes down to Nintendo games in general two of the most popular games in the Metroid series that comes to mind are Super Metroid for the SNES and Metroid Prime which came out on GameCube. It’s debatable among many fans of the series on which games was more popular. Super Metroid for the SNES was met with critical acclaim and received strong reviews from various gaming publications such as IGN, Nintendo Life and others as being one of the best 2D action adventure of the 90’s. The visuals, graphics along with the atmosphere of Super Metroid has a lot to do with its appeal.
Metroid Prime which was released exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002 was the long awaited sequel of Super Metroid. Since its release Metroid Prime has won a few “Game of the Year” awards from gaming entities such Edge, EGM, GameSpot and Nintendo Power in 2002. If one had to choose between the two games mostly Metroid Prime would have advantage of being a better game all around.
When we think about games for the SNES that deserved 2D sequels back in the early 90’s Super Mario Kart is one of the many titles that comes to mind. Since its release back in 1992 Super Mario Kart managed to sell over 8 million units worldwide on the SNES. Super Mario Kart was also the fourth best selling game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back in the 90’s as well.
Even though, Mario Kart 64 was a huge success on the Nintendo 64 during the mid 90’s there are Man who feel that the original Mario Kart game deserved a direct sequel for the SNES. The visuals for Super Mario Kart was similar to that of F-Zero which was released for the SNES in 1991 and was among many things that added to the game’s overall appeal.
We all remember how legendary to the console wars were back in the 90’s between the SNES along with the Sega Genesis. Both consoles gave us the 16 bit era of gaming during the early 90’s which was one of the most exciting time periods to be a fan of video games. When it comes down to which console was more popular back in the early 90’s many people have different preferences between the SNES and the Sega Genesis. However, in terms of which console was more successful in terms of sales many would probably give the slight edge to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Since it’s release back in 1990 the SNES has managed to sell 49 million units throughout the 90’s decade. The Sega Genesis has only managed to sell over 30 million worldwide since its release with its best selling game being the original Sonic the Hedgehog game which was released back in 1991. As far as memorable games are concerned some would argue that the SNES has more high profile titles than the Sega Genesis. During the 90’s we got to see games such as Super Mario World, Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Final Fantasy V & VI, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and many others which were greater 16 bit attractions back then. SNES seemed to have way more RPG’s such as Chrono Trigger and the Secret of Mana which the Sega Genesis was highly deficient of back in the 90’s. Nintendo’s partnership with companies such as Square Enix and Konami really helped them out a lot during the console wars against Sega during the early 90’s.